Asia Cup 2018: Lasith Malinga Ready to Revive ODI Career with World Cup in Sight

Lasith Malinga (Getty Pictures)

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha is satisfied that with lower than a yr to go for the World Cup, Lasith Malinga has managed to get his health “on top of things.” As Sri Lanka put together for the match opener in opposition to Bangladesh on Saturday, Malinga is about to play his first ODI in practically a yr, having final featured in a single in September 2017 in opposition to India. “I consider that Malinga matches into our equation for this match,” stated Hathurusingha. “He is likely one of the greatest loss of life bowlers on the earth. In the previous couple of matches, he has carried out properly and his health is on top of things.”

The problem for 35-year previous Malinga now will probably be to maintain his health for the subsequent 9 months main into the World Cup. He has already featured in three World Cups and picked up 43 wickets from 22 matches on the stage, however it stays to be seen if he can add extra to these numbers.

A veteran of 204 ODIs, aside from 68 T20Is and 30 Exams, Malinga has been suffering from accidents and health points over the past couple of years. A string of accidents on his leg compelled him out of practically all worldwide cricket in 2016; Malinga performed just one T20I that yr and opted out of the World Twenty20 after being named within the squad, citing health points.

The truth is, Malinga didn’t play a single ODI between November 2015 and Sri Lanka’s first sport of the Champions Trophy in June 2017.

Since his comeback, although, Malinga hasn’t been the identical power he was. His tempo dipped, and thus his slower balls weren’t a menace any longer. The frequency of the yorkers progressively decreased too.

Since June 2017, Malinga has performed 13 ODIs and picked solely 10 wickets. His common is 62.30, which could be very poor in comparison with his profession common of 28.92. The economic system – his greatest power – rose to six from a profession common of 5.31.

Malinga managed solely 4 and three wickets from 5 matches every in his final two sequence, in opposition to Zimbabwe and India, each at house. The numbers weren’t sufficient, and he was quickly omitted of Sri Lanka’s limited-overs squads.

Over the past two years, Malinga has run into points with the board a number of instances owing to his health points. His possibilities of making it to the Sri Lankan aspect as soon as once more appeared at an all-time low when he opted out of taking part in the premier home one-day match in Sri Lanka, as an alternative pursuing a bowling guide stint with Mumbai Indians within the IPL this yr.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala brazenly stated then that Malinga must play the home tournaments to be thought of for choice.

“The selectors needed him again, and he has to play home cricket in line with them,” Sumathipala had stated in Could. “We’re taking part in our white-ball match, and 50-over and T20. I am positive earlier than the subsequent worldwide engagement which is South Africa after which the Asia Cup and so forth, he must play T20 video games and 50 overs. If Lasith will not be taking part in a home match, the selectors should make a name.”

Malinga went on to play the International T20 league in Canada, the place he had one of the best common and economic system price amongst all bowlers. Nevertheless, the selectors snubbed him for the one-off T20I in opposition to South Africa, including to doubts over his future within the aspect.

Nevertheless, the door wasn’t fully shut on Malinga. He returned to the home circuit and performed the SLC T20 league final month, that includes in six video games for Kandy. With Sri Lanka struggling to search out good loss of life bowlers and Malinga, albeit not at his greatest, being out there once more, he discovered a manner again and the Asia Cup would be the a possibility to renew one of many nice careers within the fashionable sport.

First Revealed: September 14, 2018, 4:56 PM IST


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